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State Assessment Season Starts Soon!

Dear 10th and 11th Grade Family/Guardian:

This spring, your 10th grade student will take the Smarter Balanced tests in math and/or English language arts. These test results are used for state and federal accountability, as well as for assessment graduation requirements. Your 11th grade student will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) for federal accountability.

This is the fifth year our state will administer the Smarter Balanced tests and the second year for the WCAS. The results from the Smarter Balanced tests will provide a more accurate picture of whether students across the state are on track to be ready for career or college.

Our school is scheduled to take the state assessments in two rounds. The first round is for sophomores who just completed the second half of Lang and Lit II or the second half of any math class. Additionally, juniors who have competed the second half of a math class but have yet to meet assessment graduation requirements will also test. The ELA SBAC Test will take place on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26. While the Math SBAC Test will be on Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday March 28. If your student is testing during the first round they will be notified the week before. Please help them get a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast for the test day.

Round two of testing takes place in late May with exact dates still to be determined.

For more information about the Smarter Balanced tests, visit:

To try out an online Smarter Balanced practice test, visit:

For more information about the WCAS, visit:

To try out a WCAS training test, visit:

Please call or email Brian Morris 493-1970 if you have questions about state testing.

Thank you for continuing to work with us to make sure your student is successful. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to better support your student. We want your student to leave us with a solid foundation of skills and a future full of opportunities.



Craig McKee
Columbia High School
White Salmon Academy